Lynn Urwitz Drew, 76, lost her 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease on Tuesday, Nov. 21, in the loving care of Sunrise Assisted Living, with her daughter by her side.
Born in 1941 in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Toledo, Urwitz Drew received a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Arts from the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) at the University of Chicago.
Urwitz Drew dedicated her life to social work. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she served kids who needed it most for over 30 years as a member of the University of Chicago Child Psychiatry Department. During her tenure, she also taught a graduate level course at SSA and supervised fieldwork students. After her own battles with infertility, she founded the first local chapter of RESOLVE, an organization providing support and resources for couples trying to start a family. Urwitz Drew was a passionate mother, whose proudest accomplishments are her two daughters. Be it track or cross country meets, Chinese dance recitals or theatre performances, Urwitz Drew delighted in being present to witness her girls’ achievements.
A Hyde Parker through and through, she loved excursions to the Art Institute, cheering for the Chicago Bears, and peaceful afternoons reading. Even in her later years, after the disease had taken hold, Urwitz Drew could still be found singing every lyric to her favorite Motown hits.
Urwitz Drew is survived by her husband, Jim; to whom she was married for 48 years, and her two daughters, Leah and Anya.
Memorial gifts in celebration of her life can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org/donate
The Lakeshore Jewish Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. A gathering to celebrate Urwitz Drew’s life will take place on Saturday Nov. 25.